January 7, 2014

Softball Names Refsnyder, Lamoureux as Assistant Coaches

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown softball Head Coach Katie Flynn has named Kate Refsnyder and Megan Lamoureux as assistant coaches for the 2014 season, it was announced on Tuesday. Refsnyder joined the staff in September of 2013, while Lamoureux officially begins her duties as of Jan. 7.

"Megan's passion for the game and competitiveness really impressed me in the interview process," Flynn said. "She had a tremendous career at Marist and excellent experience over the past two years with the Rhode Island Thunder organization."

A two-time Second Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference catcher, Lamoureux served as a captain for the Red Foxes and was a member of the Female Athlete Empowerment Program. Her name appears in the Marist record books in several categories, including sixth in single-season runs (37), ninth in single-season batting average (.367) and eighth in career home runs (13). With the Rhode Island Thunder, she worked with the catchers and infielders while helping call pitches during games.

Refsnyder brings coaching experience from all three NCAA Divisions. Most recently, Refsnyder served as the head coach at Albright College, a Division III institution in Reading, Pa.

"Kate came highly recommended for very good reasons," said Flynn. "She will work tirelessly to help our student-athletes on and off the field. I am excited to welcome Kate to College Hill."

Refsnyder completed two one-season stints as head coach at Albright, first in 2008 and again in 2013. During her second tenure, Refsnyder guided the Lions to their most wins since 2008, landed four players on All-Conference teams, and revamped a pitching staff that tossed a perfect game and two no-hitters while lowering its earned run average by 3.67 runs per game.

At Coastal Carolina, Refsnyder served three seasons as an assistant coach and helped steer the Chanticleers to a 2012 Big South Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Along with enhancing on-the-field performance, Refsnyder was instrumental in organizing camps and clinics and orchestrating community service projects. Prior to her first DI gig at CCU, Refsnyder worked as an assistant coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and a graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg, where she earned her Master's degree in sport management in 2006.

Refsnyder was a four-year member of the softball team at Wagner College, where she pitched and played second and third base for the Seahawks. As a senior, she earned Second Team All-Northeast Conference as a utility player. Refsnyder completed her Bachelor's degree in business administration from Wagner in 2005.

Lamoureux, Refsnyder and the rest of the Brown softball team open the 2014 season at the UNC Wilmington Tournament in Wilmington, N.C., on Feb. 28.